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Scientific Visualization and Computer Graphics (SVCG)


Our SVCG research group, within the Department of Computing Science, is a part of the Johann Bernoulli Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science (JBI) of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

The group carries out research in the area of scientific visualization, information visualization, software visualization, multiscale shape analysis, illustrative computer graphics, and innovative interfaces using large displays. We apply our research to fundamental and practical problems from the life sciences (functional brain imaging, bioinformatics) and astronomy. The group participates in the research school Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) and the Neuroimaging Center (NIC) of the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen.


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May, 2016 Alexandru Telea is holding a three-day course on Data Visualization at the IT Academy Noord Nederland. The course covers building information visualization applications with Tableau for IT professionals.
April, 2016 The cover of the Information Visualization Journal (April 2016 issue) features our work on 3D multidimensional projection explanations.
April, 2016 Andre Sobiecki has successfully defended his PhD on 3D skeletonization for shape processing on April 11 2016. His supervisors were prof. Alexandru Telea (RuG) and dr. Andrei Jalba (TU Eindhoven). Congratulations!
March, 2016 The University has featured a press release highlighting the PhD work of Danilo Coimbra. If you're curious to see what multidimensional data visualization has to do with football, here it is!
February, 2016 Rafael Martins successfully defended his PhD thesis at our university (Feb 29) and at the partner university of Sao Paulo (March 11). His supervisors were profs. Alexandru Telea (RuG) and Rosane Minghim (USP). Congratulations Rafael!
November, 2015 On Nov 23, prof. Alexandru Telea held an invited lecture on visual analytics for software big data at the Netherlands e-Science Center symposium on the Science of Big Data Analytics & Visualization. The presentation slides are available here.
September, 2015 Our paper "Explaining Neighborhood Preservation for Multidimensional Projections" received a Best Student Paper Award at Computer Graphics & Visual Computing (CGVC) 2015!
September, 2015 On the 1st of September 2015, Jiri Kosinka will join our group as tenure-track assistant professor in computer graphics, with an interest in shape modeling. Welcome!
June, 2015 On 30 June, Jasper van de Gronde successfully defended his PhD thesis on tensor analysis. His promotor is prof. Jos Roerdink. Congratulations!
June, 2015 Our group will organize EuroVis 2016, the most important European conference on data visualization, and second largest worldwide.
May, 2015 Our MSc student, Joost Koehoorn, obtained the GUF-100 prize of the best student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in 2015. He will next compete for the RuG Excellence Award student prize on June 3, 2015. Congratulations and good luck for the final competition!
May, 2015 On 18 May, Jacek Kustra successfully defended his PhD thesis on 3D point-cloud skeletonization. His promotor is prof. Alexandru Telea. Congratulations!
November, 2014 On 28 Nov, prof. Alexandru Telea held an invited lecture at the Ngi-NGN Noord Academy on big data visual analytics and its applications in software engineering.
September, 2014 The second edition of the book Data Visualization: Principles and Practice (by Alexandru Telea) was released by CRC Press! Check out also the extensive online material available (exercises, code samples, scenarios, datasets, and projects).
June 18, 2014 Pan European Networks published an on-line profile for Horizon2020 projects about our group's work on Tensor Image Morphology.
March, 2014 On 4 March, prof. Alexandru Telea held an invited lecture at the Target seminar at the Univ. of Groningen. A live cast of the lecture is available here.
March, 2014 On 3 March, Bertjan Broeksema successfully defended his PhD thesis (director: prof. Alexandru Telea). Congratulations!
November, 2013 On 21 November, prof. Alexandru Telea will hold an invited lecture at the National Dutch Testing Day on Software Visual Analytics.
October 2013 Ozan Ersoy successfully defended his PhD thesis on October 25, 2013. Congratulations!
September 11, 2013 Pan European Networks published an on-line profile for Horizon2020 projects about our group's work on Visualisation in Digital Science.


September 2013 The first working conference on software visualization (IEEE VISSOFT 2013) will take place on Sept. 27-28 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, co-located with ICSM 2013. The conference is chaired by prof. Alexandru Telea.
August 2013 Research Media published an item about our COMOTI project in its August 2013 International Innovation report. Click here.
July 2013 Nuffic and Capes have approved the SIIS project (Smart Interactive Imaging Systems). SIIS partners are the Institute Johann Bernoulli and the Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (UFRGS). The grant covers the exchange of 10 undergraduate Brazilian students per year as several senior researcher visits between the two universities. SIIS aims at the development of algorithms, techniques, and tools in the areas of image analysis, synthesis, and data visualization. The project is coordinated by prof. Alexandru Telea (RuG) and prof. Marcelo Walter (UFRGS).
July 2013 Our paper on GPU-ASIFT: A Fast Fully Affine-Invariant Feature Extraction Algorithm received an Outstanding Paper Runner-up Award at the IEEE HPCS 2013 conference.
March 2013 Media Planet reported about some of the work we are doing in medical visualization and health care; the article is by Kees Vermeer and is entitled »Universiteiten doen onderzoek naar telecare« (Media Planet volume 3, pages 12–13, 2013)
March 2013 Moritz Gerl successfully defended his PhD thesis on March 15, 2013. Congratulations!
February 2013 Our paper on Dynamic graph bundling received an Honorable Mention Award at the IEEE PacificVis 2013 conference.
October 2012 Our paper on “Efficient Structure-Aware Selection Techniques for 3D Point Cloud Visualizations with 2DOF Input” received an Honorable Mention Award at the IEEE Scientific Visualization conference (VisWeek).
September 2012 Our papers on extracting 3D curve skeletons and on view-fusion in dynamic program understanding have received the Best Paper and Best Student Application Paper Awards at the TPCG (Eurographics UK) conference.
May 2012 Andre Sobiecki has started his PhD into 3D shape reconstruction, processing, and inpainting. His work is sponsored by the Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq). His supervisor is prof. Alexandru Telea.
February 2012 Alex Telea has delivered a prestigious invited talk at the Hasso-Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany.
February 2012 Bertjan Broeksema has obtained, for the second year, the prestigious IBM PhD Fellowship award for his research on visual analytics on rule-based data.
December 2011 Maarten H. Everts successfully defended his PhD thesis on December 9, 2011.
November 2011 Matthew van der Zwan started as PhD student in our group. He works in the i-VIRNA project on 3D image analysis.
October 2011 The poster and extended abstract at IEEE BioVis 2011 about spatially continuous control of abstraction in molecular visualization by the group received the Best Abstract Award of the symposium, see the project page.

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